Are Hostas Poisonous to Dogs?

by Axl J. Amistaadt
Your landscape can harbor canine hazards.

Your landscape can harbor canine hazards.

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Able to thrive in varying environmental conditions, hostas are common North American landscape ornamentals. Sometimes referred to as plantain lilies or funkia, these natives of Japan, Korea and China are dangerous to dogs who eat them.

Toxic Effects

Hostas contain chemicals called saponins, which can cause mild to severe reactions in canines. If your dog ingests any part of a hosta, he may experiences diarrhea, vomiting and depression.

Canine Safety

Always go with your dog on outdoor forays if you grow hostas in your yard. If you permit him to frequent a confined area outside unaccompanied, make sure he can’t access your hostas. Don’t allow him to roam freely if he could possibly wander onto the property of someone who grows these plants.

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About the Author

Pets and pet rescue are my greatest passions -- followed closely by global wildlife and our environment -- and I have done extensive research on pet and wildlife rescue, fostering, adoption, etc. on their behalf. I was a Florida State Wildlife Rehab Agent for a number of years. I currently specialize in locating online sites where part or all of the proceeds from the items that are purchased are donated to rescued animals in North American shelters, sanctuaries and preserves. I write material designed to entice and encourage shoppers to frequent these sites, many of which offer huge selections of all sorts of merchandise.{{}}